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22 Awesome Activities for Nursing Homes
An individualized, well though out activities program is at the heart of a quality life for residents in nursing homes or assisted living residences. Activities is not just about bingo and watching television. In fact, activity programs can be quite creative and stimulating for the mind. And the health and well-being benefits of a good program are becoming more and more documented. In short, this stuff works.
Fun and Helpful Activities for Assisted Living...
At the heart of any nursing or assisted living home is the activity program. It is an integral part of the cultural change movement and central to person-centered care. It is essential for resident quality of life.
Why Don't Men Get Enough Activities in Nursing...
In most retirement communities women residents outnumber the men. It’s a fact of life for most activity directors but planning for men’s activities is also a must. In this article we look at some ideas for successful men’s programming.
The New Exam Requirements for Activity Directors
As more baby boomers enter retirement, more than ever there is a need for qualified activity directors. To this end, the National Certification Council of Activity Professionals (NCCAP) has put in place a new national exam designed to elevate the level of the profession and practitioner.
Becoming a Nursing Home Administrator
The nursing home administrator is a leader in the organization who not only directs its operations but in a large part is responsible for setting the tone of the culture. Now more than ever, true leaders are needed in this area of healthcare. Let's look at this position, its responsibilities, training requirements, expected salary and career advancement opportunities.
Starting a Non-Medical Home Care Business
With an increased desire to “age in place”, more and more services are being delivered straight to the home. One of the fastest growing businesses is non-medical home care.
Adult Day Services Rules and Regulations By State
With the growing trend for payers to want to keep people out of assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, other aging services become increasingly important. One of those is adult day care or adult day services (ADS). And with increased importance comes increased scrutiny. This article provides an overview of adult day care rules and regulations. They will continue to evolve.
Becoming a Director of Nursing for a Skilled...
The Director of Nursing Services (DON) works in concert with the Administrator and directs the Nursing Department to maintain quality standards of care in accordance with Federal, State and facility standards, guidelines and regulations.
Sex in Nursing Homes Is on the Increase
Many older Americans routinely engage in vaginal intercourse, oral sex and masturbation according to a federally funded study published by the New England Journal of Medicine. Yet sex in long-term care facilities among residents is still a taboo subject. Let's look at this a little closer.
One on one activities in nursing homes.
Activity directors spend a lot of time planning engaging programs for their residents. Despite working hard to offer a variety of programming for residents of all ages and abilities, there is still the task of serving residents who by desire or illness refuse to leave their rooms.
What Are Resident-Centered Food Services?
Food services in long-term care has come a long way, both in quality and taste as well as service and choice. Resident-centered food service is an essential part of the culture change movement in long-term care homes. Simple things to you and I like eating when you want, what you want and where you want have been, up until recently, something foreign to long-term care.
ICD-10
ICD-10 implementation while postponed, was set to begin in October of 2013. Still organizations should prepare.
Adult Day Care Overview
Elder day care offers both respite for caregivers as well a much needed socialization for seniors. Here are the characteristics of a typical center.
Becoming a Certified Therapeutic Recreation...
Becoming a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.
MDS 3.0 What to Know about Care Management Tool...
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) tool for care management in nursing homes is called the Minimum Data Set (MDS). Learn more about MDS 3.0.
The Rise of Home Health Care-Aging in Place...
According to the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, home care began in the US in the 1880’s. Approximately 12 million individuals currently receive care from more than 33,000 providers. In 2009, annual expenditures for home health care were projected to be $72.2 billion. With a continued emphasis on aging in place, home care will continue to have its place in the aging continuum but it is not without its challenges.
Science for Seniors - The Coolest Activity...
Using science for seniors as part of your activities program can help stimulate the brain and contribute to resident quality of life. A one-hour hands-on program called Science for Seniors, created by the author has four parts: select a topic, present fun facts, watch a video on the subject and do a safe experiment with residents. Let's experiment and see how we can bring science projects to our nursing and assisted living residents.
Art Projects for Seniors Results in Better...
Art projects for seniors can enhance their quality of life while helping them learn a new skill. Here's one program that is bringing art project to seniors.
Geriatric Care Manager Job Description-New...
As caregivers cope with the stress of caring for a loved one, a new profession, Geriatric Care Manager is born. Find a care manager job description here.
Senior Science Crafts that Help Save the...
Senior Science Crafts that Help Save the Environment
Activity Professional Job Description-What You...
Do you enjoy working with the elderly? Do you like a job gives flexibility? Read the activity professional job description and see if it's right for you.
Memory Care Program for Seniors
Site, smell, sounds, touch all invoke memories and an effective activities program that incorporates memory care can really add to the quality of life of elders and others who we encounter in aging services across the continuum of care. Here's how to do it.
Staging a carnival in senior living.
Everyone has a memory of going to a carnival. Yet many of our elders are no longer capable of getting out to one. Solution - bring the carnival to them. Here's how to stage a carnival in your facility. No clowning around!
Using Scents with Alzheimer's / Dementia Patients
Pleasing scents help relax people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. In this article we explore how to use aromatherapy with these patients.
Unique Dementia Product - Busy Bee Lap Pad
One of the most difficult challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease or dementia is the person's withdraw from favorite activities. Here is a solution.
Chair Tai Chi for Seniors-Improves Balance,...
Chair Tai Chi is an exercise program based on the principals of Tai Chi Chuan, but designed for the elderly, in nursing homes, adult day centers, etc..
Filing a Claim with Medicaid
This article covers how to become a Medicaid provider and file a claim with Medicaid.
Information About MDS 3.0 Assessment Accuracy
It is important to accurately capturing ADLs (Activities of Daily Living) data when completing scheduled MDS 3.0 assessments for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement purposes. While compliance is needed for reimbursement, it is also essential to have an accurately completed MDS 3.0 assessment so that an individualized plan of care can be developed.
Boomers Resisting Aging in Place Technology-Jus...
Boomers Resisting Aging in Place Technology-Just 21% Plan to Incorporate It
Antipsychotic Use Not Being Enforced by...
Antipsychotic Use Not Being Enforced by Feds-Lessons for Consumers Choosing Care and Providers Giving That Care
Activity Professional Careers
Residential living communities for seniors have a unique responsibility to provide not only food, shelter and health care, but also provide for the mental well being of their residents. The activities program is one way to provide for that well being and the activity professional is key.
Cultural Sensitivity in Long-Term Care
As the number of ethnic and minority populations age and as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community ages as well, being culturally aware will become more important in aging services. And serving these populations with respect and dignity will be a driving force behind true culture change. Let's take a look at cultural sensitivity in long term care.
What Is a Continuing Care Retirement Community?
If you are new to aging services and are considering a career that involves caring for elders in a home-like environment, you need to know the differences between a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), an Assisted Living Facility (AL), and a Skilled Nursing Facility or Nursing Home (SNF.
Music Programs in Nursing Homes and Assisted...
The power of music and what it does to bring back memories is undeniable. In addition to enhancing quality of life, there are health benefits to an effective music program. It has been documented that seniors participating in music use fewer medications, fell less depressed, are less lonely, have higher morale and are more socially active. Let’s look at some of the science and the implication for activity directors. Let's find out how incorporate music into your activities.
Adult Day Services
Adult day services design, environment and safety issues are paramount to quality of life for residents. We look at these issues in our continuing series of certification requirements for adult day services.
Hospice Reimbursement-Understanding Could Boost...
Hospice reimbursement is often misunderstood by the public Many think it is not a covered service and shy away. Help the public understand, boost referrals.
Music Programs for Activity Directors
The power of music and what it does to bring back memories is undeniable. In addition to enhancing quality of life, there are health benefits to an effective music program. It has been documented that seniors participating in music use fewer medications, fell less depressed, are less lonely, have higher morale and are more socially active.
Starting an Adult Medical Day Center
Adult medical day services may be a good health care solution for your community. In this article, we look at how to start an adult medical day care center.
Capturing Life Stories of Elders
Capturing Life Stories of Elders. The holidays are a perfect time to learn more about your older loved ones and to preserve their legacy.
Recruiting Healthcare Workers
One of the fastest growing segments of the economy is healthcare so you would think it would be easy to recruit the best healthcare workers for aging services businesses. Recruiting qualified healthcare workers for aging services has proven hard. There are some systemic issues related to this. So you need to start at the 50,000 foot level to understand the causes so you can move beyond the symptoms.
Adult Day Services Article Hub
With the continued push towards aging in place, adult day services or adult day centers play a vital role in the quality of life for our seniors. In this hub we look at statistics for the industry, state rules and regulations, certification, record keeping, service requirements, design environment and safety, as well as staffing.
Hospice Gives Hope-Quality of Life at the End...
Each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our loved ones will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so. That is the belief of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and is reflected in the work that hospice providers do around the country. Yet hospice is very misunderstood. Let’s start clearing this up.
Art Activities
Art projects for seniors can enhance their quality of life while helping them learn a new skill. Art appreciation also helps foster lifelong learning and mind stimulation.
Nurse Hand Washing - Key to Infection Control....
Hand hygiene and good infection control in health care settings can go a long way in helping contain germs and disease. It starts with nurse hand washing.
Books for Activity Professionals
The best tool for any activity director is education! There is valuable information in the activity director certification as well as the college courses required for certified therapeutic recreation specialists. There is also another source of information - the printed word. The newest research into brain chemistry, the aging process, dementia and other issues confronting seniors is addressed in numerous books with scientifically proven ideas. Let's take a look.
Ceramics-Fun Activity for All Ages & It...
Ceramics can be a fun activity for all ages. And particularly it can be used for the short-stay rehabilitation patient too. Let's look at how to get started with using ceramics in your activity program.
Memory Mats- personalized photos and words...
Enter the dining room of most long term care, personal care and assisted living dining rooms and you will notice an absence. Not of food. Not of people. But of conversation! A new product could help.
Earning CEUs Online
Recreation Activity Resources offers educational services for Therapeutic Recreation Specialists, and Activity Directors including an online and home study version of NCCAP-Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals 2nd Edition Courses (MEPAP I and II) and CTRAC version. Earning CEUs online is a great way for busy professionals to stay current in their education.
Telling Your Life Story
Writing workshops with small groups of residents as well as in one-on-one sessions can produce personalized articles, booklets, books and/or DVDs as mini-biographies to share with family and friends.
Recharge Your Assisted Living Marketing-6 Tips...
Is your assisted living marketing and sales approach stale? Do you need to recharge. Here are six tips that can get you started, increase referrals and closes.
Assisted Living Sales-Becoming a Business Hunter
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Short Term Rehabilitation Activities-Meaningful...
Many older Americans will spend at least a short term stay recovering from medical miracles such as joint replacements. Rehabilitation activities will help.
4 Tips for Getting Seniors Interested in Tech
This hub contains articles related to seniors and activities.
Aging Trends Spell Business Opportunities
There are almost 40 million people aged 65+ in the United States. Here's a rundown of what this means for the economy.
Nursing Home Disaster Planning
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Hospice Care Overview
Each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our loved ones will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so. That is the belief of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and is reflected in the work that hospice providers do around the country. Yet hospice is very misunderstood. Let’s start clearing this up.
Nursing Home Administrator Exam-Test Questions...
The Nursing Home Administrator Exam is comprised of several sections that test different competency levels. In this article we look at finances.
Using Food to Evoke Memories-How a Cookbook is...
Nothing says home like the smell, sight and taste of a familiar recipe. One senior living organization is using a cookbook to evoke memories for seniors under their care.
How to retain Employees in LTC
Direct care workers have hard jobs, are low paid, and nearly ever receive the rewards and recognition deserved. That is why employee retention is so hard to achieve in aging services. When a position is viewed as simply a job and not a career, it is easy to see why people leave for better paying jobs outside the industry. Employee retention in aging services is a big issue that will become even bigger as the population ages. Let’s look at some strategies to help retain the best workforce.
Franchise Report on Non-Medical Home Care...
A Franchise Business Review (FBR) 2012 Special Report on Senior Care Businesses paints a rosy portrait for the home care industry.
When to Seek Hospice Care
The medical establishment does not deal well with death so do not expect them to tell you when it is time for extraordinary measures to stop and hospice care to begin. Know the signs at the end of life when it's time to call hospice.
Hospice Marketing-Campaign on Advance...
Hospice marketing is hard. Most people don't want to have the conversation around dying. An advance directives campaign could help jump start marketing.
Design Strategies for Memory Care
There are many old stereotypes when it comes to memory care design. While respecting the research that deals with colors, patterns, sights and sounds, you can use bold design to enrich the lives of residents.
Medicaid Spend Down - Part One - How Do You...
Medicaid Spend Down - Part One - How Do You Qualify for Medicaid
Nursing Home Satisfaction
With so much emphasis on quality and satisfaction in healthcare, nursing homes have begun to measure their performance. My InnerView is a company that provides senior care leaders evidence-based management tools. While this article is not an endorsement, it remains that My InnerView has a handle on industry effectiveness more so than any other entity. In this article we will look at their latest report on the industry, the National Survey of Consumer and Workforce Satisfaction in Nursing Homes.
The Importance of Career Ladders in Long-Term...
One of the workforce issues in long-term care is that for many it is simply a job and not a career. With low retention and high turnover, low wages and minimal benefits, workers cannot see clearly that there is a career progression. In this article hub we look at the concept of career ladders in long-term care, especially important for certified nursing assistants (CNA) and home health aides (HHA).
Crossing the Activity Line
What constitutes inappropriate activity in a nursing home. Well strippers might qualify!
Healthcare Quality Improvement
Healthcare quality improvement starts with people and a culture dedicated to empowering them to serve patients and residents. Empowered people led by inspiring leaders are the key to quality improvement in aging services. In short healthcare quality improvement and culture change are tied at the hip.
Cultural Sensitivity in Nursing Homes - Major...
Alleged incidents of abuse, neglect and mistreatment among different races, classes and religious groups in long-term care facilities has been reported. Being aware of cultural differences and knowing that they can impact care delivery is important. And the development of culturally sensitive programs can help bridge differences, positively impact care and lead to increased resident, family and employee satisfaction.
Home for the Holidays: Spotting the First Signs...
Home for the Holidays: Spotting the First Signs of Parkinson's Disease
10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Caregiver
10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Professional Caregiver-Reputable Agency Should Be Able to Answer All
Staff Evaluations
Employee evaluations are deadly. Deadly because they often ask the wrong questions. Were you absent? How often were you tardy? How often was your documentation late or missing? When was the last time you saw an evaluation form that said: I saw you take a resident outside on a sunny day ____ many times this year. I saw you bring a smile to a resident's face ____ many times this year. Perhaps evaluating from the heart and not the head is in order. See how one administrator did it in his facility.
Music for the Dying
Activity professionals in care facilities are often faced with assisting a resident, and with them their friends and families, through a final journey. Hearing is the last sense we lose as our bodies shut down. So therapeutic music is a very important program to offer residents.
Helping Residents with Dementia Re-connect with...
The magic of books is what Shadowbox Press brings to people living with dementia. The disease may eliminate the ability to understand complex dialog or even words, but through Shadowbox Press editions their joy of reading continues.
Nursing Home Administrator’s Exam
The National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) is composed of state boards or agencies responsible for licensing long term care administrators. The basic objective of the Association is to assist these boards and agencies in carrying out their responsibilities in the licensure and re-licensure of long term care administrators. One of NAB'S functions is the development of the national nursing home administrator examination.
MDS 3.0 Cognitive Patterns in Nursing Home...
The level of cognitive ability among nursing home residents helps determine a proper care plan and therefore contributes to their quality of care and quality of life. In the past understanding cognitive patterns was done by simply observing residents and making notes of what was observed. Much has changed under MDS 3.0.
Life History Project
Everyone has a story, but often we learn their story too late. That’s the reality that motivated Sheila Brune to create The Living History Program (copyrighted), a program that records and creates a the personal story of the patients at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, Illinois.
Listening to Religious Music Improves Mental...
Listening to Religious Music Improves Mental Health
Nursing Home Design-Focus on Person-Centered...
Statistics suggest most older people will need nursing homes at some point. Here's how to provide person centered nursing home design for the future.
Environmental Services in Long-Term Care
Environmental services in long-term care across all settings is more than just keeping a clean and safe environment. It is also about providing a home to residents. The greatest challenge a long-term care environmental services team faces is embracing the psychological and emotional toll residential care puts on the residents and their families.
Preventing, Monitoring and Identifying Abusive...
The long-term care industry is vastly misunderstood and usually lumped together as one entity. Most suffer from the image that carries over from perceptions of skilled nursing facilities - not only is a facility the place people go to die but that it is also a place where elders are abused. Actual statistics do not support the perception of rampant abuse; however, no abuse can be tolerated. This article looks at preventing, monitoring and identifying abusive behavior by your staff.
Finding a Job as a Nursing Home Administrator
Nursing home administrator jobs are highly-skilled and highly-paid. And with the industry in high flux, positions open and close frequently. Here are some top level sources to start your search.
Aging in Place Technology
Aging in Place is something that older adults say they want but to achieve it takes more than good health. Aging in Place can only happen when technology solutions help it to happen. Let’s see where aging in place technology is moving for health, home automation, security, communications and lifestyle.
Travel Activities for Aging Services Providers-...
We are proud of our melting pot country and as a people enjoy talking about our foreign roots. This diverse tapestry can form the basis of an activity program that serves residents of independent, nursing care, assisted living and adult day centers both young and old, of various physical and mental skill levels and men and women equally. Let's call it Travel Day.
Protect Loved Ones from Prescription Drug Abuse...
Protect Loved Ones from Prescription Drug Abuse This Holiday Season
Choosing a Nursing Home or Assisted Living...
From choosing a geriatric care manager to doing your internet homework to touring a facility, there is a lot that goes into making an informed decision about care for a loved one.
The Future Aging in Place
What is the future of aging in place? People sure want it. The problem is that the system of support services to facilitate aging in place treats symptoms not causes. In this article we will define a vision for aging in place and look at some of the trends and opportunities for service providers.
Communicating with Residents, Patients and...
Communicating effectively with residents, patients and families is key to providing quality health care. The manner in which you communicate information can be equally as important as the information.
Caring for the Spiritual Side of Your Christian...
How can the activity director help residents continue the spiritual side of their life? Let's find out in this article.
September Activities for Activity Directors in...
Here are some activities for the month of September for activity directors in nursing homes and assisted living. Let's look at calendar girls!
Activity directors - here's a new game that...
The Wheel of Chance game helps cognitive function. Studies show that patients who participate in activities that target cognition and social interaction receive significant improvement.
Writing Your Representative
A first step in opening a dialogue with elected representatives can be simply writing them. Let's explore how to write your representative.
Assisted Living Satisfaction
The first national survey measuring the assisted living satisfaction of residents, family and staff of assisted living facilities concludes that when it comes to assisted living satisfaction, residents seem very happy while workers are less so. The latter impacts the former. But overall things are looking good for the industry.
New Nursing Home Administrator Code of...
New Nursing Home Administrator Code of Ethics-Personal Conduct Addressed
Medicaid Claims Processing
Let's face it. Claims processing is a pain! But if you are diligent in submission and tracking, you stand a better chance of getting paid on time. Let's look at some best practices in filing.
MDS 3.0 Falls
Falls are a leading cause of injury, morbidity, and mortality in older adults. MDS 3.0 falls guidelines look to help providers minimize fall risk while treating fall injuries with the goal of achieving the best quality of life for residents.
Hospice Facts and Stats
Hospice Facts and Stats tell a compelling story of a growing business and a diversified patient mix.
Medicaid Spend Down - Part Two - Reducing...
Medicaid Spend Down - Part Two - Reducing Countable Assets
How Customized Playlists on Ipods Is Revolution...
How Customized Playlists on Ipods Is Revolutionizing Activities
Jennifer Tucker, Vice President of Homewatch...
Guest Writer: Jennifer Tucker, Vice President of Homewatch CareGivers
Social Media in Long-Term Care
Everyone is abuzz about the social media. Yet its application for healthcare is not entirely clear. Let’s simplify the social media equation for healthcare organizations.
Home Care vs. Home Health Care-There is a...
Home Care vs. Home Health Care-There is a Difference
Enhancing Resident Care, Promoting Quiet,...
The quiet issue is big in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living environments. Noise contributes to poor sleep and other health issues. Silverado Senior Living's quest to provide the highest quality of life and to maintain a home like environment for their residents, lead to a search to find a quiet and efficient nurse call system, getting away from overhead paging, loud radios and one way pagers.
Home Healthcare Satisfaction (CAHPS) Survey
The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Home Health Care Survey is designed to help providers measure client/patient satisfaction. This article looks at the requirements and guidelines for creating and assigning a unique sample identification (SID) number, decision rules related to processing returned mail survey questionnaires, assignment of survey disposition codes, and quality control measures.
MDS 3.0 By the Category
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) tool for facilitating care management in nursing homes is called the Minimum Data Set (MDS), a core set of screening and assessment elements that is part of a Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI). The RAI provides a comprehensive and standardized assessment of each long-term care facility resident's functional capabilities and helps staff to identify health problems. In this series, we examine seven areas of care.
Gene Sequencing Will Help Identify Alzheimer&rs...
Gene Sequencing Will Help Identify Alzheimer's Sooner
Nursing Home Administrator's Exam
The National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) develops the national nursing home administrator examination. Find out more in this hub of articles.
Identifying Elder Abuse
This article looks at specific types of elder abuse that you need to be aware of when shopping for or operating a nursing home, assisted living or home health company.
Be a Caregiver and Still Have a Life? YES
Caregiver health is an important issue. Can you be a caregiver and still have a life? Yes. You can take care of yourself while helping a loved one.
The Advantages of Career Ladders in Long-Term...
Career ladders encourage, recognize, and reward capable employees. Successful performance and acquisition of additional skills through education or training prepare individuals for the next job level. Formal career ladder programs can be found in organizations large enough to have a hierarchy of related occupations plus enough growth and turnover to allow for movement up the ladders. Let's explore the advantages of career ladders.
Activities for September for SNF, AL, Adult Day...
Here are some activities for the month of September for activity directors in nursing homes and assisted living.
Adult Day Services Certification
As the push for aging in place grows, Adult Day Centers will become increasingly important. And the rules governing them will grow as well. The certification of these centers is important. In this article we look at one state’s requirements – Oregon – as a template for other states and for providers contemplating entry into this market.
Alarms Hurt More Than Help When It Comes to...
Falls are a leading cause of injury, morbidity, and mortality in older adults. While MDS 3.0 guidelines looks to help providers minimize fall risks, there are apparent fall reduction mechanisms, like alarms, that actually contribute to falls as opposed to preventing them. In this article, we look at how to reduce alarms and therefore falls in facilities.
Technology Aiding Family Caregivers-Here Are...
Technology Aiding Family Caregivers-Here Are Some That Can Help
Using Technology to Enhance Activities
Electronics have revolutionized the world of activity programming for independent, assisted living and long term care facilities. Digital ideas must be part of every activity department! Linked Senior is a way to use technology to create activities customized to individual needs and to empower activity and programming staff.
PACE Yourself
The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a comprehensive care delivery system that allows what traditionally would be thought of as nursing home residents to continue living at home while receiving services.
Caring for LGBT Seniors
The number of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals over the age of 65 is expected to double over the next few decades. This population is no different in terms of the care they will need as they age. Yet policies around this population have not been developed and because of that caring for LGBT seniors is hampered because of social isolation, poor health outcomes, unequal treatment under the law and diminished economic security. Caring for this population will present challenges and opportunities for providers.
How to Free Parents from the Trap of Watching...
How to Free Mom and Dad from the Trap of Watching TV All Day
Bringing Activities into the Home-Aging in...
Bringing Activities into the Home-Aging in Place Provides Marketing Opportunity to Senior Care Companies
Sports Activities for Men
Sports is a vital part of many men’s lives. The love doesn’t end as they age or when they enter long term care communities. However, men are most often outnumbered by the women in retirement facilities and poor health keeps them from hitting one out of the park. So what to do. Bring the sports to them.
The Business Case for Culture Change in...
Culture change is a movement in healthcare to revolve the care around the resident based on their unique needs and interests. It has been hard to take hold because the business case for culture change has not always been articulated. Reluctant CEOs and CFOs who view this as fuzzy need to understand the return on investment. There is a mistaken notion that to achieve resident-centered care you have to tear down and rebuild your facility. What you have to do is tear down and rebuild your thinking.
Security and Privacy in Nursing Homes
Nursing homes are becoming more like hospitals. Yet security and privacy in nursing homes have not necessarily kept up with hospital counterparts. And when you read reports that show 90 percent of nursing homes employ ex-cons, well, it becomes more imperative to know exactly who your patients are, who your employees are and even know who the visitors and vendors are that roam around your facility. This article looks at available and emerging technologies.
Dementia and the Sounds of Silence
Excessive noise in healthcare facilities has often been cited as a patient experience priority. In nursing homes, noise can exacerbate dementia. It is important to control the noise pollution in your facility.
What is a Special Focus Facility? CMS Reopens...
What is a Special Focus Facility? CMS Reopens Program
MDS 3.0 Pain Management
Pain can cause suffering for nursing home residents and can result in inactivity, social withdrawal, depression, and functional decline. That is why effective pain management is so important in improving the quality of life for residents. MDS 3.0 regulations around pain management seek to assess the presence of pain, pain frequency, effect on function, intensity, management and control.
Nursing Homes and the Flu-How to Prevent and...
Here are things to keep in mind for preventing and/or containing the spread of flu in your fnursing home, assisted living or retirement community.
Policies Around Sex in Nursing Homes
The Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, New York is a benchmark organization when it comes to honoring resident preference among a sensitive topic - sex.
Disaster Planning in Long-Term Care
There is no shortage of disasters sweeping the world. And in some cases, no amount of preparation can spare you from bad consequences. But having a disaster plan in place for your facility can minimize those consequences. Start with a plan and then practice, practice, practice.
Palliative Care
Palliative Care is a misunderstood service most often associated with death and dying. In reality, palliative can give people a longer quality of life during any stage of life. It is specialized medical care for those with serious illnesses that focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of that illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
How to Extend Your Brand Presence
Brand extension is a marketing strategy used to leverage an organization's good name through related and complementary product and service offerings.
Background Checks Vital - Death in Florida...
Background Checks Vital - Death in Florida Nursing Home Calls Attention
Demand for Physical Therapists in Healthcare
Physical therapists careers are expected to grow much faster than average and job opportunities are good. More and more nursing homes are employing physical therapists as the industry embraces the rehabilitation business. In terms of hiring and staffing, this is a profession in demand.
Adult Day Services Staffing & Administration
In our continuing series on Adult Day Services, we devote this article to staffing. Here are some considerations. All employees and volunteers must have a background check. Each staff person and volunteer must be competent and qualified for the position held. Staff must hold personal information about participants and their families in confidence, treating all participants with respect and dignity. Let’s look at the requirements.
Guest Writer: Gloria Hoffner, Author of Science...
Gloria Hoffner is the owner of Guitar with Gloria and Science for Seniors providing activity programs at over 200 retirement communities.
Patient Satisfaction in Home Health Care
The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Home Health Care Survey is designed
Compassionate Conversations
Compassionate conversation, staff spending time sitting and engaging in friendly conversation with residents, has been shown to improve residents’ quality of life. Everyone plays a role. But activity professionals particularly can play a leading role in this area.
Life Stories-A Unique Approach to MDS 3.0...
LifeStories a program that uses resident information, reminiscing, validation therapy and research on the web to help residents share and discuss their history.
Reducing Anti-Psychotic Medications Through...
Honoring residents’ customary routines provides the blueprint for meeting the challenge of CMS’ new initiative to reduce the use of anti-psychotic medications by 15% by December 31, 2012.
Dietary Preferences Instead of Dietary...
Honoring residents’ choices in dining actually positions staff to get better clinical outcomes. Choices provide a road map for how to implement care interventions to meet care goals.
Home Health Care Patient Experience Survey
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The Hospice Care Team-Key to a Dignified...
The hospice care team is obviously an integral part of a person’s care that assure that the there is a true quality of life at the end of life.
A Vision for Aging in Place
People want to age in place. The problem is that the system of support services to facilitate aging in place treats symptoms not causes. In this article we will define a vision for aging in place and look at some of the trends and opportunities for service providers. Page 2.
Scouts Honor
Scouts can be a vital component in your activities programming. They are always looking for community projects and can be a help with clean-ups, gardening, building bird houses and so much more. Scouts can read to residents, demonstrate crafts and teach songs.
Person Centered Activities
Person centered is more than a buzz word. It’s a CMS mandate. But what does it mean to be person centered in your activities? Take a look.
Volunteer Bands
Volunteer bands are growing in the country and activity directors can should incorporate them into their programs.
Paying for Long-Term Care
The financing of long-term care can be confusing, expensive, and onerous. There are five ways to pay for care.
Lifelong Learning for Seniors Pine Run U
With 30 classes and growing, from gardening to belly dancing, Pine Run University shows that lifelong learning is key to a quality of life for anyone but especially seniors.
Adopting Sustainable Practices in Your Assisted...
Small steps towards sustainability can make an impact--both in the amount of resources your facility uses, to the overall well being and goodwill from the residents.
Expressive Arts for Alzheimer's & Dementia
PotentiALZ is a traveling creative arts program for residents with dementia.
Quality Organizations in LTC
There are many quality initiatives being pursued in the aging services sector. Many overlap. Often you will see many of the same quality organizations in long-term care and aging services cooperating on these initiatives. Sometimes there are separate initiatives being pursued. Being versed in the healthcare players can jump start your education around quality and aging services.

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